_ Great Graters! (Grade 5)
· Positive and negative space
· Space, unity, balance
· Create a composition
· Pastel chalk
· Colored 12” x 18” construction paper
· Leaves or cardboard shapes
· Newspaper to cover tables
· Wet wipes or wet sponges to wipe away glue form fingers
· Graters (I purchased the splatter covers for bacon at the Dollar Tree. They have handles and work great with the chalk. I have used window screen before but had to cover edges with duct tape for safety. Too much work! These splatter covers have no sharp edges and work well. My PTA helped me to buy them so that each kid could have one. )
This is a 2 week project. I reviewed positive and negative space with the kids. They had a lot of lessons on this in 4th grade so a review is all that was needed. I demonstrated how to do the project. Then supplies were passed. Students chose favorite color of paper. Then they used a brush to cover the paper with glue. Leaves or shapes from cardboard were laid lightly on the glue in a balanced, eye pleasing way. Students chose chalk and began to scrape over the visible glue. They could change colors as needed or mix colors. Leaves were very carefully removed before placing on drying rack. Then we left the art to dry. I sprayed the art with hair spray to set the chalk when glue was dry. The next week students added more chalk to areas where needed. The final week students used Sharpies to add veins or details to the art. Some added nothing and it looked great. These do not photograph as well as they looked in person. The chalk was very bright and eye catching!
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